TTU finish regular season with another win

TALLINN – After starting the Triobet BBL regular season with ten consecutive losses, TTU finished it with two wins in a row, as Kirstjan Makke’s game-winner saw the Estonians nip Barsy 78-77 at home in Tallinn on Monday evening.

 

Having finished Group B play with a 2-10 record, TTU still have chances to make the Play-Offs if results go their way in Group A and enough Baltic teams qualify to the knockout stage of the FIBA Europe Cup.

After an excellent start of the game, the hosts went up 15-4, but Barsy responded with a 22-3 run and finished the first quarter with a 26-18 advantage. It was mostly Michael Burwell and Ryan Cook doing the damage and TTU did a better job of containing them in the second period, cutting the deficit to four points, as teams left for the interval.

The second half began with a low-scoring third quarter, which did not change much. Barsy did win the stretch by a single point, extending their lead to 58-53, but TTU stayed within striking distance.

However, a 10-0 run in the middle of the fourth quarter saw the hosts storm back in front to take a 69-67 advantage with four minutes left. Barsy had regained the lead with under a minute left, but Makke tied things up from the free-throw line, making one-of-two.

On the other end, Cook also made only one, leaving TTU 12 seconds to either win the game or force overtime. It proved to be enough for Makke, who drained a cold-blooded game-winner with no time on the clock.

Makke, Corey Raley-Ross and Kristjan Kitsing all finished with 13 points apiece for the winners, while Burwell and Cook had 22 each for Barsy.